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Patient Care Technician

Patient Care Technician Program

What does a Patient Care Technician do?

Patient Care Technicians, PCT, work under the supervision of nursing or medical staff to provide basic patient care, in a variety of settings including: clinics, hospitals, urgent care medical facilities, wound care centers, nursing homes, home care agencies or long-term care facilities and physician's offices. The Patient Care Technician assists patients with many tasks they cannot do for themselves such as eating, getting out of bed, taking a bath and brushing their teeth. They check and record vital signs, height, weight, input and output; collect and test specimens; report and record patient's conditions; assist patients with their mobility-turn and positioning; transfer patients to-and-from a wheelchair; and assist with ambulation. They are able to perform CPR, first aid, electrocardiograms, EKGs, basic laboratory procedures and phlebotomy.

Patient Care Technician Program

Phlebotomy Technician Certification  (PLAB-1023)        96 hours
EKG Technician Certification  (ECRD-1011)                      60 hours
Nurse Aide Certification  (NURA-1001)                             60 hours
Nurse Aide Clinical  (NURA-1060)                                      40 hours
Patient Care Technician Skills Review  (NURA-2005)      24 hours
Total                                                                                    280 hours

Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician or Nurse Aide programs may be taken in any order however, course prerequisites MUST be completed prior to registration for the different programs.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student is eligible to take the State of Texas Nurse Aide Certification exam as well as the National Center for Competency Testing, NCCT, certification exams for EKG, Phlebotomy and Patient Care Technician Certification.

Patient Care Technician Program Prerequisites

Registration must be done in person.

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Nurse Aide Registry (NAR) Form, completed and signed. All applicants must be checked for listing on the Nurse Aide Registry prior to admission.
  • Dallas County Community College District, Continuing/Workforce Education Registration Form.
  • Brookhaven College Continuing Education - Immunization Record Form.
    Brookhaven College will require a copy of proof of immunization. Immunizations must be current.
    The Immunization Record must be completed and signed ONLY by Brookhaven College’s Health Center nurse. The student must provide proof of immunization and complete a Brookhaven College Continuing Education-Immunization Record Form. The following immunizations are required: Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR), Varicella, TD or TDAP, all 3 doses of the Hepatitis B series, Flu Shot, and a current TB test (within the last year). If students have had a previous positive PPD test, documentation or history of treatment is required.
  • A copy of current completion card of Basic Cardiac Life Support, BCLS, for Health Care Providers.
  • A copy of proof of personal healthcare insurance coverage which will cover the course dates classes prior to enrolling.
  • A copy of valid U.S. or Texas State Government Issued Photo I.D. (e.g. driver's license)
  • Pass a criminal background check and drug screens*
    (Students accepted into the Brookhaven College Workforce and Continuing Education Health Programs are required by the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Member Facilities to undergo a criminal background check and drug screening prior to beginning their clinical experience. These checks must be completed no more than 30 days before the start of the clinical experience.)
    * Students who do not pass these two requirements will not be allowed to continue on to clinicals.

The following are not included in the cost of the Phlebotomy Technician Certification Program and are the responsibility of the student.

  • Textbooks.
  • National Center for Competency Testing, NCCT, certification exam for Phlebotomy Technician.
  • Liability Insurance (Must be paid at the time of registration).
  • Personal healthcare insurance coverage.
  • Drug Screens and Criminal Background check.
  • Uniform scrubs (Royal Blue REQUIRED).


  • Social Security Card - Will be required at the time you take the State of Texas Nurse Aide Certification Exam.
  • The clinical component meets for all Nurse Aide Certification classes the last two weeks of class.

For additional information about the Patient Care Technician Program, please call Wanda Snowton at 972-860-4537.